The Historical Adam: It’s Time to Stop Hiding Under a Theological Security Blanket

Over at Books and Culture, I have been participating in a roundtable discussion concerning the historical Adam. The occasion is the launch of Karl Giberson’s latest book Saving the Original Sinner: How Christians Have Used the Bible’s First Man to Oppress, Inspire, and Make Sense of the World.  Taking part in the discussion are 7 [Read More...]

Saying Yes to the Bible, and No to Biblicism (in post-Christendom Christianity)

The following is an extended excerpt from Addison Hodges Hart’s new book Strangers and Pilgrims Once More: Being Disciples of Jesus in a Post-Christendom World, specifically, chapter 3 “Saying Yes to the Bible, and No to Biblicism” (part 1, pages 57-63). Eerdmans was kind enough to send me a word file of these pages, lest my wrists [Read More...]

evolution, creationism, intelligent design and THE problem of animal suffering (interview with Ron Osborn)

Today’s post is an interview with Ronald E. Osborn, author of Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering, a critique “scientific creationism” and wrestles with questions of divine goodness in the light of harrowing realities of animal suffering.  In my opinion, this is one of the more perplexing, and even unsettling, issues for [Read More...]

Augustine and his figurative–and therefore not at all modern evangelical–view of the Bible

EerdWord (Eerdman’s online author blog) just posted some thoughts by Michael Graves on “Augustine and the Inspiration of Scripture.” Graves, Armerding Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College, just published with Eerdmans The Inspiration and Interpretation of Scripture: What the Early Church Can Teach Us. I feel this is an important book for a number of [Read More...]

biblical literalism: take a picture, it’ll last longer

A friend of mine took these photos of a sunrise over Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester, MA. In his words, “I turned it from a nice color picture into a black & white, high contrast print with little detail or nuance of meaning.  I did this as a parable of what is being done to Scripture by [Read More...]